Leave it to Children Collide, then, to meld the esoteric and the scientific to create Theory Of Everything, one of 2010's most exciting records. Not that such an apparently schizoid blend is anything new for the band. "We've had a little of that going on since we began writing songs," explains vocalist and guitarist Johnny Mackay. "Alchemy and chemistry, reason and religion, love and logic. Art and music are so often about tying opposing forces together into a contentious dualism. Contradiction is a big part of what we do."
Indeed, with this confident follow-up to 2008's The Long Now, the band effortlessly contradict all the music business' superstitious mumbo jumbo about syndromes and slumps of the sophomore variety. Working with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, The Vines, Elliott Smith), and with one foot in LA and the other in Melbourne with Paul "Woody" Annison (Red Riders, Cabins, Young Revelry), they've crafted an album crackling with energy and smarts. Finally, the whole thing was wrapped in stunning artwork by Emily Hunt.